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Penn, David S. – Religious Education, 2018
Prevailing cultural views of adolescence are the product, this article argues, of a long, multidimensional process of social construction. Employing a double reading of this process, this article analyzes the difficulties religious educators face on account of the reified nature of this social construction. Drawing on philosophical and…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Role, Religious Education, Adolescents
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van Wijnen, Harmen; Barnard, Marcel – Religious Education, 2017
This article describes how communal aspects of faith find their way back into the lives of adolescents. The communal aspects of faith within individualized societies need more attention. It seems that with the current emphasis on individual faith, the intrinsic power of communal aspects of faith has been lost. This study shows that informal…
Descriptors: Religion, Adolescents, Religious Factors, Tribes
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Sigel, Deena – Religious Education, 2016
This design experiment in prayer education for Jewish students was motivated by a current educational concern: educating for spirituality and religious practice. Educators are tasked with formally nurturing spirituality (Wright 2001). It is known that attitude to religious observance may change during adolescence (Hyde 1963), thus attitude to…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Religion, Religious Factors
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Zaver, Arzina – Religious Education, 2013
This article focuses on the need for dialogue in the form of a "third space" for multi-faith realities. In exploring the idea of a "third space," the author draws on the use of the term borrowed from Homi Bahha. Third space, as it is defined in the context of this article, understands the complexities of hybridity, or multiple…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Religion, Dialogs (Language), Self Concept
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Visser-Vogel, Elsbeth; Westerink, Janneke; de Kock, Jos; Barnard, Marcel; Bakker, Cok – Religious Education, 2012
The aim of this article is to present a framework for studying the religious identity development of highly religious Christian and Muslim adolescents. Building on existing theories on identity development, the authors define highly religious Christian and Muslim adolescents as "orthoprax" adolescents and explore the consequences of this for…
Descriptors: Muslims, Adolescents, Identification (Psychology), Guidelines
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Fisherman, Shraga – Religious Education, 2011
Of all the dimensions of religiosity, where the Israeli religious adolescent is concerned, faith identity and religious behavior seem the most relevant. Research findings on the relative influence of various socialization agents on the religiosity of adolescents are ambiguous. The primary objective of this study was to compare the various agents…
Descriptors: Socialization, Adolescents, Teacher Influence, Religious Factors
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Bachand, Sarah Caffrey – Religious Education, 2010
This article responds to sociologist Christian Smith's claim that many teenagers today have lost traditional religious faith and instead espouse a new and erroneous faith in God the "Cosmic Therapist." The author challenges this claim by comparing two of Smith's chief complaints vis-a-vis teen faith to established portraits of adolescent faith.…
Descriptors: Altruism, Religion, Religious Education, Sociology
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Okamura, Naoki – Religious Education, 2009
It is commonly acknowledged by many that Japanese teenagers in general hold very negative views of organized religions. However the researcher, as an educator at a Christian University in California, observed every year a great number of Japanese international students becoming persons who paint positive pictures of religion. A study done on those…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Adolescents
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Sasson, Uzi; Sasson, Ayelet – Religious Education, 2009
Religious Education is one way to increase and maintain community involvement among teenagers. In many Jewish communities across the United States, participation in religious activities and religious youth movements have decreased. As research in this area is limited, this study sets out to identify the curricula that are more effective in…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Community Involvement, Adolescents
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Rymarz, Richard M. – Religious Education, 2007
Why do adolescents and young adults lack a full and coherent understanding of a religion? This is a phenomenon of wide-ranging proportions. Using a cultural, theological, and philosophical analysis, the author argues that one important reason behind the lack of religious content knowledge is the reluctance of teachers to move beyond the…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Cognitive Objectives, Cognitive Processes
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Bertram-Troost, Gerdien D.; de Roos, Simone A.; Miedema, Siebren – Religious Education, 2007
This study examines religious identity development of pupils at Dutch schools for secondary education (mean age 16.4). With the help of a theoretical conceptualization of "religious identity development" empirical research is carried out. Main question is whether differences in terms of religious commitment and exploration between pupils…
Descriptors: High School Students, Adolescents, Religious Education, Religion
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Fisherman, Shraga – Religious Education, 2002
Based on Herbert's (1987) theory of ego identity development and on interviews of hundreds of Israeli religious male adolescents and young adults who were raised and educated in religious society and later left the fold, this article presents a model of development of religious identity. Three levels of religious identity development--healthy,…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Substance Abuse, Social Isolation, Delinquency
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Francis, Leslie J.; Evans, Thomas E. – Religious Education, 1996
Demonstrates a significant positive relationship between frequency of personal prayer and perceived purpose in life among adolescents in the United Kingdom. The study surveyed male and female adolescents who never attended church, and those who attended church regularly. Includes statistical tables for both groups. (MJP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cultural Influences, Foreign Countries, Individual Power
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Gorr, Alan – Religious Education, 1990
After interviewing Jewish teenagers about death, finds Reform Judaism teachers teach about love and marriage but not death. Observes students know little of Jewish customs related to death. Notes Jewish doctrine focuses on the needs of the living. Considers elements that will be necessary to provide for effective death education in Reform Jewish…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Beliefs, Curriculum Development, Death
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Fortosis, Stephen; Garland, Ken – Religious Education, 1990
Examines Piaget's theory of disequilibration as the tension and subsequent growth caused when new information must be assimilated or accommodated to fit one's view of reality. Indicates ways Christian religious educators can use the concept of disequilibration to understand adolescents' emotional and cognitive growth. Suggests implications for…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Christianity, Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages